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Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
+44(0)1622 737185
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that...
Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
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  • 148
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 40
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A stop off on the North Downs Way

I've been coming here for five or six years but had never stayed the night before. The bedrooms are comfortable, clean and spacious. The food was as good as always and the whole stay was very enjoyable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Simon M
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Rochester, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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330 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I've been coming here for five or six years but had never stayed the night before. The bedrooms are comfortable, clean and spacious. The food was as good as always and the whole stay was very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent meal and good service.lovely time and recommend to try.have eaten here on a few occasions and have always had a good meal .

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kent
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

First time we stayed over and we will return for sure.We had an evening meal, bed & breakfast.Food is superb no complaints at all.Our lodge was spotless & cosy. Breakfast was a disappointing, 1 sausage,1 bacon half a tomato, poached egg no beans.To be honest it looked lost on the plate,tasty but really not worth it.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a very nice meal the food and atmosphere was lovely service could have been better but would return

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Good food, warm and inviting.Lovely location. Celebrated a birthday, no trouble bringing own cake and candles.

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a nice pub restaurant with good food, nice beers and good service. But the lighting in the restaurant makes the place feel a wee bit depressing. The ambience could be so much nicer if this was sorted.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Previously my family had enjoyed our meals at this restaurant but the food and service on our most recent visit was most disappointing.

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Medway, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Average to good food with above average prices. However, the caremelised banana pudding is inedible.... Our main disappointment was the service. Had to order drinks 3 times before we actually got them after half an hour. Had to ask for mustard twice and waited whilst my meal got cold. Ordered puddings which took nearly 25 minutes. They were very poor.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Stayed on friday 8 may for one night in the lodge at back of pub. Very clean and tidy. The food in the pub was of excellent quality...main course was wing of skate for the lady and guinea fowl for me which was excellent. The skate was like a steak, full of meat, and the guinea fowl was moist and... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

great place, aewsome food , service was outstanding, always someone there when you need a drink etc, could not fault it, i had the braised beef which was delish,,,

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Maidstone  >  Thurnham
  • Phone Number: +44(0)1622 737185

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene

Description

Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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